As I mentioned in the previous post, we had negotiated a deal for the sale of our Maui house in late September. The sales process was moving forward, along with various negotiations with the buyer. We still had some furniture, artwork and other personal belongings in the house. Most of these items were things we felt help the house show better and that we hoped a buyer would want to include with the house purchase. It turned out the buyer already had more furniture than he could fit in the house, so all of our things now had to be cleared out.
This fact, along with the paperwork that needed to be signed, required that one of us make a trip back to Maui to handle these final tasks. Since Tina was there working for a month in July, it was my turn. Again, this was not going to be a vacation - lots to do in a short amount of time.
My trip to Maui was going to include a stop on the West Coast, to make a connection. It had been a while since I had visited my family in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I decided to spend some time there, on my way to Hawaii. I flew from Panama to San Francisco and spent a week there, before flying on the Maui. As soon as I got to Maui, I was very busy. There was a lot of stuff still to be sold or removed from the house. I held moving sales on 2 consecutive weekends and had some of the bigger or more expensive items listed on Craigslist.
I stayed in our house, since it was unoccupied but there was very little in the way of furnishings. I had to borrow a plate, bowl, some silverware, a couple of pans, and a few other odds and ends from our realtor (a friend), just so I could prepare and eat meals at home. Fortunately, our super-comfy bed was still there. Of course, that needed to go, too. I sold it a few days before I left but still needed something to sleep on:
Near the end of my stay, my birthday popped up. I decided I could take one day off and enjoy a final day at one of Maui's many beautiful beaches. It was a really nice break in the action and also a part of my "letting go" process. I was sad to be leaving this beautiful, special place, which had been our home since 2007.
It was a very busy trip but I got everything done that I needed to do, got all the escrow papers signed, and flew back to Panama. Nothing much to do now but wait for the close of escrow. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned...